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Red Planet breakthrough: NASA generates enough oxygen on Mars to keep small dog alive for 10 hours

NASA says it has generated enough oxygen to keep a small dog alive on Mars for at least 10 hours, marking a huge milestone for long-term plans to build bases on the Red Planet

The achievement came thanks to NASA’s Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment or “MOXIE.” 

The 40-pound microwave-sized device was attached to the Perseverance rover when it touched down on Mars in February 2021. 

NASA Moxie

NASA’s Mars Oxygen In-situ Resource Utilization Experiment.  (NASA)

For more than two years, MOXIE has been extracting trace amounts of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, NASA said in a press release

The device executed an electrochemical process that separated one oxygen atom from each molecule of carbon dioxide pumped in from Mars’ thin atmosphere, which is made up of 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and trace amounts of oxygen. 

“Developing technologies that let us use resources on the Moon and Mars is critical to build a long-term lunar presence, create a robust lunar economy, and allow us to support an initial human exploration campaign to Mars.” 

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more. 

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